Staff Art Pick: How Much Wood Would a Woodblock Block if a Woodblock Could Block Wood (feat. Kati Kain)

Ever feel overwhelmed by the vast quantity of art at the FJJMA? Consider visiting to see some of our staff favorites! Museum staff answered a few questions about their favorite work, and we’ll be sharing their answers with you on the blog throughout the summer! The beautiful thing about art is that you don’t have to be an expert to appreciate it.


 

Today’s staff pick is from Mrs. Kati Kain, who works in Muse, the museum store!

Q: What is your favorite work?

Any of Gustave Baumann’s woodblock prints that are in FJJMA’s collection

Q: Why do you like it?

I’ve never been to New Mexico but I feel that these landscapes must represent the way it feels to be looking towards  the mountains on a sunny fall day in the Taos area.

Old Santa Fe

IMAGE CREDIT | Gustave Baumann, U.S., b. Germany (1881-1971) | Old Santa Fe, 1924 | Woodcut print, 17 3/4 x 16 3/4 in. | Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma | Gift of Haven Tobias, 2013

 

The prints with the yellow or pinkish red/orange trees and deep blue/purple skies/mountains are my favorites.

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IMAGE CREDIT | Gustave Baumann, U.S., b. Germany (1881-1971) | Early Spring, Brown County, 1927 | Woodcut, 10 x 11 in. | Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma | Gift of the Charles H. and Miriam S. Hogan Collection, 2004

Autumnal Glory

IMAGE CREDIT | Gustave Baumann, U.S., b. Germany (1881-1971) | Autumnal Glory, 1917 | Woodcut print | Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma | Gift of Haven Tobias, 2013

 

I love the bright colors he uses as well as the simplicity of the lines. Also, I’ve always been a huge fan of Japanese woodblock prints and I feel that he must have been heavily influenced by the Japanese style.

 

Aspen Summer

IMAGE CREDIT | Gustave Baumann, U.S., b. Germany (1881-1971) | Aspen Summer, 1920 | Woodcut, 10 x 11 in. | Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma | Purchase, Richard H. and Adeline J. Fleischaker Collection, 1996

Atalaya Peak

IMAGE CREDIT | Gustave Baumann, U.S., b. Germany (1881-1971) | Atalaya Peak, 1947 | Woodcut print, 10 x 11 in. | Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma | Purchase, RIchard H. and Adeline J. Fleischaker Collection, 1996

 

Q: How long has it been your favorite?

Since we had a mini-exhibition of his works a year or so ago.  

Q: Is it on display?

I don’t believe any of Baumann’s prints are on display right now. 

Q: Is there anything you would like to share about the artist or artwork?

An interesting fact about Baumann is that he was also a master marionette maker. 

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